We on the team here at ParkingSpace23 enjoy and appreciate all of you who take time to read the various posts we compose and share each week. Likewise, we are very encouraged when some of you take the time to let us know how what we have written has had an affect on you in the comments section. And like the many of you who frequent our blog, we are all readers and commenters of and on a variety of blogs as well. To that end we thought it might be fun and informative to share with all of you some of the things bouncing around the blogosphere which we have either found helpful, challenging, or just flat out fun to read. All of this leads us to our post today and the rolling out of a new recurring “series” which will be known as “Where We’ve Parked.” In this series of posts as many of the contributors here at ParkingSpace23 as are able will submit a link (or two) with a short description of what will be found on the other end to one of any number of blogs he has been reading recently. Now, with all of the housekeeping out of the way please enjoy exploring all the places we’ve recently parked.
There a few places on earth like Montana. It is wild, it is free, it is rough, it is tough and it still (in places) feels like the old west. When I lived there the speed limit was “reasonable and prudent” and as a duly appointed representative of the state was explaining to me in greater detail what “reasonable and prudent” meant in relation to a lifted jeep, he asked a peculiar question. “Do you have any other weapons in the vehicle?” The .44 magnum I was wearing in a chest holster was just a part of the normal wardrobe of rural Northwestern Montana, he just wanted to make sure I wasn’t up to any unseen mischief. Things are a little different in big sky country. So it is not a surprise that a rough and ready blog comes out of the plains of Eastern Montana. What is surprising is that it includes contributors from as far away as Georgia and even the U.K. It can be a little polemical, it at times is a little heavy on the politics of the Southern Baptist Convention, but the Pulpit & Pen blog is theologically sound, always entertaining, and a real prophetic voice against the downgrade so prevalent in today’s evangelicalism.
And I just found this great site for those of you who want to learn Koine Greek or keep the Greek you have learned sharp. Subscribe to The Daily Dose of Greek to have a short video from a SBTS New Testament professor delived to your inbox every day. If you have been to seminary and you have lost your Greek and Hebrew, you are in sin (really, you are being a poor steward of the education God gifted you with) and this is a way to get back on the right track – John
There are only two things on earth I take seriously, the Gospel and coffee. By coffee, I mean quality roasted, quality produced, specialty coffee. I’m Starbucks free going on 4+ years now and my taste buds love me all the more. I roast my own coffee (easier than you realize). If you are interested in learning how to do it visit sweetmarias.com. Tom, the owner has a blog with a university mindset. He will train you, equip you, and help you through the process. — Jason
Like the author of this blog, I hear the argument “Hymns are just old bar tunes…” regularly. From my experience, people use this as an excuse to justify exalting their own secular preferences in corporate worship. For a proper understanding of where some of our hymn writers got their tunes, check out this article, titled “Hymns and ‘drinking songs.’” –Darren